Summary: Build quality.
The earcup padding is exquisite with it's soft, smooth faux leather, as well as the beautifully padded headband. The model I bought for £49 off Amazon was the all black one without the volume control as I had demoed the silver one with the volume control and it had a channel imbalance, so I thought that the all black version would be a safe bet.
Summary: *Before reading, please know that I'm very new to Head-Fi and I've never written a serious review before. Thanks!
I bought these headphones after months of on and off research and consideration. I wanted a really high quality headphone that my iPhone and desktop computer could drive without the bass-heaviness of Beats by Dre (I listen to mostly rock of all types) and I didn't want to spend more than $175.
Summary: A friend of mine needed a new headphone, which was cheap, closed and good sounding. I said to him, dream on friend it will be very tough to find a headphone with those criteria.
But then after some browsing in the city, I stumbled upon the philips uptown. The first thing that struck me was the comfort. They feel much better than what you would expect for the price. I thought they felt better than the sennheiser momentum with those small ears.
Summary: **Last Update: Sept 18, 2012**
The Uptown is the highest model in Philips' new CitiScape line of headphones. They come in black/brown or silver/brown, and are priced at $150 USD (street is/can be much lower). A few specs:
Impedance: 32 Ohm
Sensitivity: 103 dB
Max Power Input: 30mW
Cable Length: 1.2m (~4ft)
As you can see from the specs these should be pretty easy to drive, so an amp isn't required.
Pros: Sound (esp. bass and soundstage), extremely comfortable, looks nice
Cons: Cable could be better, inline remote is a problem, causes static and channel imbalance unless in a "sweet spot"
Summary: My Preference
The primary styles of music I enjoy are New Age, Classical, and Celtic. Essentially I would not be welcome in a conversation about Metal or Rock. I have few prejudices when it comes to music genres, and can listen to and enjoy many different kinds. The only kinds of music I am not fond of are ones with screamed vocals. that being said, on to the headphones:
At first glance, these are absolutely beautiful looking headphones.
Pros: Very comfortible with a fantastic build quality and good looks.
Summary: Great sound isolation and exclusion of noise. One must thus be extra watchful for traffic or any approaching menace when one is enjoying the great sound out doors. I took a 6 km lunch walk today and enjoyed the beautiful music of The Walflowers, John Mayer, Jackson Brown, Pretenders and a duet between Neil Diamond and Babara Steisand with this uptown Philips. I am convinced these headphones are great with the pop and rock genre in great outdoors.
Pros: Audio quality, looks, and great for outdoors. Don't need an amplifier
Cons: Sliding volume control on the cable. Easy to over adjust and blast your ears. Prefer pinch type of control.
Summary: This package arrived today March29. They arrived 2days before the estimated delivery date. That was very good service. I opened the package and was delighted with its contents. They are exactly as described and look even better when theyre in your hands,very nicely made and extremely comfortable to wear. The sound is well balanced with crisp clear tones from bottom to top. Before I ordered them I read many reviews and as always, there are good and bad.
Summary: The design is retro and very nice, the built quality is of a high standard which is nice to see. These headphones sound great and i'm delighted with them. Only thing I wish is that it had a detachable cable! Overall a great pair of headphones.
Summary: these are brilliant for listening to music while sitting still. sound quality is just fantastic. five stars for that. the problem is that the cable is a nightmare. it makes a ton of noise if you even slightly touch it, its got a really annoying built-in microphone thingy (which i resorted to supergluing to the earpiece to try and prevent bashing against things all the time). this makes them, for me, more or less unusable for use while moving around in any way.